DURHAM, N.H. – Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) recorded a match-high 18 kills and added a nine digs to lift the University of New Hampshire volleyball team to a 3-1 win over the University of Hartford in the America East opener Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH improves to 6-10 overall with a 1-0 mark in America East play, while Hartford is now 5-13, 0-1 AE. Set scores were 25-14, 20-25, 25-12 and 25-23.
In addition to Laquerre, Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) registered a double-double with 16 kills and 13 digs and also added five blocks on the night. Defensively, Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill.) tallied 13 digs and added three service aces, while setter Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) handed out 40 assists, added six digs, two blocks and five kills.
The first set was all New Hampshire as the 'Cats opened up a 7-2 lead out of the gate, extended that lead to 17-8 and cruised to an 11-point victory in the set. UNH hit at a match-high .367 clip and tallied 15 kills compared to four errors. The Hawks responded in the second set as they jumped out to a 9-3 lead. New Hampshire chipped away at the lead tying it at 13-13 and taking its first lead at 17-16. Hartford responded with four-straight points to make it 20-17 and were able to maintain that advantage down the stretch. The Hawks hit at a team-best .333 clip with 13 kills in the set. UNH once responded in a big way with a decisive win in set three. The Wildcats were holding on to a slim lead at 11-10 before New Hampshire grabbed control of the set scoring 14 of the sets final 16 points, a 14-2 that including four service aces by three difference Wildcats, Huxtable, Laquerre and Taylor Dressing (Gillette, N.J.). Hartford controlled play early in the fourth set, but in the end it was a New Hampshire rally that allow the 'Cats to win in four sets. The Wildcats held a small lead at 6-3 before the Hawks went on a 11-1 run to make it 14-7. UNH chipped away at the Hartford lead with 13-6 run that tied it at 20-20. The teams traded points to get to ties at 21-21, 22-22 and 23-23. With the set tied at 23-23, the Wildcats gained the lead with a kill by Laquerre and secured the match with a block by Keding and Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md.).
New Hampshire continues as it plays host to Stony Brook University in an America East match Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. Tickets to the Stony Brook match as well as all UNH home matches are online at www.UNHWildcats.com.